It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 22nd World Congress of the IAHR which was to have been held in Otago, New Zealand.
Following our previous update on 10 March, we have continued to monitor the situation which (as we are sure you are all aware) has only become worse almost everywhere. Today, New Zealand has entered a period of total lockdown – no-one is permitted to leave their home except to fetch essential items of food and fuel, or for short walks in their neighbourhood. The borders are closed to all but New Zealand citizens, residents and their immediate family members.
The hope, of course, is that such a lockdown will eliminate the virus within New Zealand and allow a return to normal life. But there can be no certainty that this will succeed. Even (or perhaps especially) if New Zealand is successful in eliminating the virus here, there will continue to be tight restrictions on who can travel to New Zealand. It is already clear that we cannot possibly meet in August. We have considered a long postponement, but for many of us (including the local organisers) the first priority in the coming months will be providing teaching to our students in order to minimize the impact on their education. It is not at all clear even when we might begin to be able to plan with any certainty for a large international gathering in the near future. We have also considered also the possibility of holding a virtual Congress online, but New Zealand’s time zone and limited IT infrastructure means that we are not well-placed to do so.
We will contact separately those who have already registered for the Congress, to make arrangements to refund registration, accommodation and excursion fees paid in advance. In the current environment (everyone in New Zealand working from home) this may take a little while and we ask again for your patience.
The Executive Committee of the IAHR will make a further announcement about the consequences of the cancellation for the business meetings of the IAHR that would have been conducted in New Zealand.
We would like to extend our thanks to all those who submitted abstracts. We thank also the academic programme committee who reviewed the abstracts and to the many others who supported the Congress in different way, and in particular the officers of the IAHR Executive Committee. We look forward to meeting again in happier times!
Will Sweetman and Satoko Fujiwara on behalf of the organising committee
We are living through a public health emergency unprecedented in our lifetimes. This has thrown our inherent connection and the inequalities that fracture our societies into stark relief. It is changing many aspects of how we live and work and it will change the way that The Australian Sociological Association operates.
TASA will be going virtual. Resources we put towards face-to-face activities will be redeployed towards virtual initiatives. Unfortunately, our 2020 TASA Conference scheduled for November at the ANU is postponed. We will announce a new date as soon as we can. We will not be doing less this year, however. Hopefully we will be doing more. Many of us will need a moment to pause, to take in what is going on and adjust the way we live, including more time physically on our own or with family and the consequences that come with this. As many have pointed out, this is a time when physical distancing is crucial but where we should remain as socially connected as we can. In the coming weeks we will announce how we will reshape our support for our members and for Thematic Group, Social Sciences Week and other TASA events. Many of us need a moment to catch our breath but soon we will return to our sociology, whether concretely contributing to understanding the inherent social dimensions of the current crisis or the other important questions about how we live together that we will continue to pursue. We will need to work together to do this and TASA will facilitate it. We will also need to laugh with each other and share experiences of the changes we face. So, we are also looking at how we keep the social dimension of TASA going in virtual platforms across the coming weeks and months. At this stage I want to highlight
The first of our new lunch-time online seminars, Peta Cook on ‘Ageism and COVID-19’, April 23rd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/979751205 (will also be recorded and uploaded to TASA’s YouTube channel.)
Our Nexus blog is ready to receive your pandemic or non-pandemic related reflections.
The planning committee for The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion is monitoring the situation and development for the Corona virus closely, and will be following all the recommendations concerning travel and public events given by Swedish authorities. We will accordingly take any measures needed and publish our decisions promptly on our website. However, we are presently continuing the preparation process and are hopeful that the conference will take place as planned.
We realize that some of you might be concerned whether you will be able to attend. In order to give you all time to thoroughly evaluate the situation, we will be extending the deadline for abstracts until April 15. We will also not be accepting any payments for the conference until May 11.
This lecture originally sceduled for 26 Mar 2020, 6:00pm has been postponed in light of travel restrictions and government guidance in relation to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, with a new date to be confirmed.
Greetings and salutations! In modern history, the world has never seen a global situation of the magnitude that we are witnessing these days. A serious threat emerged from coronavirus generating worries and even public panic. Yet, as Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization pointed out: “Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumors and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity.”
The ISA is monitoring the updates from the World Health Organization with regards to the health risks associated with coronavirus and will act accordingly for the ISA Forum in July 2020. So far, we have adopted the following measures:
Extension of the deadline for presenters’ registration to 19 April 2020
Registration fees will be reimbursed:
To presenters who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions, unless they want to present their papers in virtual format
To attendees who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions
To everyone in case the Forum is finally cancelled for sanitary safety reasons
We will of course keep you informed of further developments.
Sari Hanafi President, International Sociological Association Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut
This issue will be comparative in scope on several dimensions: From regional identities to perception of Islam in a non-Muslim populated country; from religiosity and alcohol consumption to Islamic State; from radical secularism to Islamic Nationalism and democracy in Turkey. Contributions from a variety of disciplines that focus on assessing and explaining the role of Islam in diverse societies and countries.
Our next issue will be a special issue on “Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East” edited by Professor Eyman Shabana from Georgetown University.
We will have another special issue soon: “Halal Economies in Non-Muslim Secular Countries” edited by Rano Turaeva and Michael Brose from Indiana University-Bloomington.
This book explores faith-based organizations (FBOs) in current developmental discourses and practice. It presents a selection of empirical in-depth case-studies of FBOs and assesses the vital role credited to FBOs in current discourses on development. The contributions stress the agency of FBOs in diverse contexts of development policy, both local and global. It is emphasised that FBOs constitute boundary agents and developmental entrepreneurs: they move between different discursive fields such as national and international development discourses, theological discourses, and their specific religious constituencies. By combining influxes from these different contexts, FBOs generate unique perspectives on development: they express alternative views on development and stress particular approaches anchored in their theological social ethics.
Thanks to a generous grant from the University of Nottingham, we are now able to offer a small number of bursaries to help support attendance at the Socrel Chair’s Response Day on March 20th.
Each bursary will be worth £50, and priority will go to PhD and early career scholars with an interest in teaching. If you aren’t sure if that’s you, get in touch and ask!
If you would like to apply for a bursary, please contact event organisers Dr Tim Hutchings (email@example.com) or Dr Rachael Shillitoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your interest by MONDAY MARCH 2nd. Applicants will be contacted on Friday March 6th.
For call for papers, abstract submission and event registration please follow this link.
We look forward to seeing some of you in Nottingham next month!
Tim Hutchings Assistant Professor in Religious Ethics, University of Nottingham
Conferences Call for Abstracts for a Thematic Session on Humour and Religion, International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) in Bologna, Italy, June 29-July 3, 2020. If you are interested, please send an abstract/outline to Lina Molokotos-Liederman: email@example.com. Deadline: 20 Feb 2020
Perception and Reception of Persia research unit (EABS, Wuppertal, August 3rd-6th 2020). Submission deadline: 20 February 2020. More info.
12th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Conference, 24th – 27th June 2020, Braga, Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal). Abstract deadline 21 Feb 2020. More info.
Worship and the Megachurch: Australasia and Beyond, 18-10 September 2020, Melbourne. Abstract deadline: 31 March 2020. More info.
3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info.
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with AASR? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at firstname.lastname@example.org with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.